Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Teamwork and Creativity

Take 7 people, from a large New Zealand multi-national, undertaking a leadership development programme in the middle of a New Zealand winter and give them the following task:

Construct a raft out of the materials you have been given. It must transport all of you several kilometres down a river. The river temperature is 7 degrees!

Now there's a motivation to think and be creative - especially when the water temperature is that cold! It was lucky the day was fine!

I had been working with the team for a number of weeks and this was the opportunity to put into practice some of the theory about how high performing teams operate. Tran Lawrence from Taranaki Outdoor Adventures http://www.toa.co.nz/ set the scene and challenged their thinking whilst the building took place. Members took different roles and used their strengths to achieve a very successful outcome.

So they got to paddle to the dam - and then we threw them over!!

If you have a team that you would like to throw over a dam then please get in contact - wayne@future-edge.co.nz. Tran and I would be happy to oblige!

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